Peninsula Regional Medical Center recently received designation as a Primary Stroke Center from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Management Systems (MIEMMS). Peninsula Regional’s Primary Stroke Center is among 15 Maryland hospitals to receive this designation. The Medical Center earned MIEMMS recognition by showing it has taken important actions to evidence and sustain its commitment to Primary Stroke designation and possess the necessary facility, equipment and staffing resources as required by Maryland Primary Stroke Center standards.
This MIEMMS certification follows Peninsula Regional’s prior certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in December of 2006. Peninsula Regional is the only hospital or medical center on the Delmarva Peninsula to be granted this certification in stroke care, and only one of ten centers in the state of Maryland to earn this JCAHO distinction.
“It’s our commitment to extraordinary care and implementing all necessary measures to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients that has set the clinical standard for everything we do at Peninsula Regional,” added president/CEO Alan Newberry. “Having both MIEMMS and JCAHO certification verifies that our Primary Stroke Center meets or exceeds national and state standards and guidelines, and that we have the team and the resources in place here to significantly improve outcomes for our friends and neighbors who reach us within that all important three hour window.”
The Stroke Team at Peninsula Regional treats – on average – nearly 50 patients each month who arrive at the Medical Center’s Emergency/Trauma Center with stroke symptoms, volumes that rival centers like Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and others in much, larger, urban areas. The prevalence of stroke regionally is clearly linked to public risk factors including tobacco use, diabetes, high cholesterol, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption where the Delmarva Peninsula witnesses an equal or higher percentage of each compared to Maryland’s population as a whole. Statistics also indicate that upwards of 70% of the people who display symptoms here on the Delmarva Peninsula will suffer a stroke within 48 to 72 hours if they are not treated rapidly and properly within a three hour window of opportunity from the first sign of those symptoms. Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability not only on the Delmarva Peninsula but across the nation, with roughly 4.7 million survivors alive today.
Peninsula Regional works closely in collaboration with the Maryland EMS system in an effort to provide expedient care to stroke victims on Delmarva. The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) oversees and coordinates all components of the statewide EMS system in accordance with Maryland statute and regulation.